Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Kay Unger Dress

Dear fellow Bloggists
My three hobbies in life are writing, sewing and photography and like children I love them all equally. Blogging allows me to combine all three. It was with a bit of trepidation I set up this blog six moths ago and I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I do - so thank you for reading and for visiting. I didn't expect to find such a number of kindred spirits and I am thankful for all of you.
But first... I've finished the Kay Unger dress wearable muslin. I like it very much and am wearing it as I type. Here it is
And  a full shot
I've got to learn to push all my sewing stuff further out of shot. My styling capabilities need some work..

the back
I'll be doing a PR review later. This is unlined, out of stash quilting cotton. I love the style and have silk ready to do a special occasion version. I am working some crazy hours this week so the real one will have to wait until after Christmas. I'm not sure if I'll be doing any more posts between now and then so
Merry Christmas to you all.

Monday, 13 December 2010

We Interrupt This Sewing Blog

To bring you my entry in the Timeless Wonders photography contest. Here is the link on Nessaknit's blog about the contest.
Timeless Wonders
I love phototgraphy and sometimes a photo captures something more than words. I love looking at photos on other people's blogs that give a glimpse of their part of the world, so there's my entry of five photos.

A Summer's Day

I hope you like my photos.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Something For Meeee!

Days of December

It is zooming in towards Christmas. There are fairy lights on my balcony. The days are warm. Here at the moment, due to an el nino effect causing lots of humidity and rain, even the nights are warm. Everything is blooming and green and there are cicadas humming in the trees. This is Christmas as I've always known it with hot summer days and parties and cold drinks and the Boxing Day one day cricket on the radio in the background at my brother's place during his annual day-after-Christmas barbeque.

My balcony

All this means dresses of course!

I'm going to a party next weekend at at yet another fabulous harbourside venue. It is a lunch time event but 'dressy' is on the agenda. I've been busily sewing a muslin of V1206.
I had some craft cotton and some georgette and have knocked out a half-finished wearable muslin.

It is this pattern which no one has reviewed on PR. This surprises me, it's so pretty.

The bodice needed a bit of tweaking - mainly a little bit of taking in along the sleeve/bodice join both front and back, a sway back adjustment to the back, a bit of letting out of side seams...
I've hand washed some of my lovely stash silk and it is almost dry in today's heat. People are saying that Oprah, who is here at the moment with three hundred of her fans has driven the rain away. I say well done!

Sunday, 5 December 2010

My Daughter's Georgette Dress

Dear Fellow Sewists
I am sitting here in my bicycle sweats, catching up on my favourite blogs, checking out some new ones and cooling down. It has been so nice to relax today, just cleaning house, shopping, getting out to exercise...all the normal things. Yesterday I finished the georgette fantasy based on V8182. I'd already done a wearable muslin. I then made the apricot and black one for my daughter's work Xmas party. Here are some photos.

Getting ready.

I've cropped out my daughter's partner because I'm not sure if he wants to be on the internet but he looked  very smart!

The oops! frill

The save

 The two added tiers to the bottom of the skirt look like a design feature but were actually a fix-it because the original skirt ended up too short. I had cut out the material one layer at a time but one piece ended up three inches too short on one side. Cutting material on the bias is better done on a sheet on the floor rather than on a slippery table. Lesson learnt. Anyway luckily I had extra georgette and I cut two layers of bias frill and attached them to the skirt lining. I had a horrible time trying to get them even. I had a terrible time with the whole skirt generally even though I had let the dress hang on a hanger before attempting any hemming. It just kept stretching... unevenly. I'd cut it even and it still ended up uneven. All this cutting contributed to it being too short so I added the frill.
She looked beautiful in the dress anyway. I'm not saying 'poor me'. I wanted it to be perfect for her.
* Edited to add I have since found that the material - a poly- acted quite strange on another project so it wasn't all me. That restored my confidence a bit. Another lesson learnt- for a special occasion dress do a quick modified muslin out of the SAME material to see if it is worth using. argh